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congress. since the nation began, there's been a perennial conflict between the executive and legislative branches of government. most presidents will extend their exclusive dance of authority to the utmost. congress, on the other hand, generally seek to limit the president's freedom of action. it's understood, however, that from time to time setting such limits may be needed. fourth, the president must avoid a spirit of invincibility. of hubris that might cause a president to lose touch with the political reality. five, the president must exercise influence over and effectively communicate with the nation, he must be able to communicate persuasively. six, it majority of american people must i believe in the president's integrity, and have sustained a substantial level of pride in the president throughout the eight years in office. despite specific shortcomings. he must have strengthened the nation on balance by his actions to the president must leave a legacy for the nation. the list of those who prevailed in their second term includes george washington, james madison, andrew jackson, th
the house will gavel in, the new 113th congress, and the senate will do so as well. our coverage on c-span and crmbing span 2, thanks for watching. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> as you've been hearing about all morning, today is the opening day of the new 113th congress and here on the c-span networks we'll have live coverage of both the house and senate floors. the house of representatives gaveling in at 12:00 to -- at 11:00 to conclude the 112th congress and at noob eastern, the 113th congress begins. here on c-span watch the action on the house floor. the senate also gavels in for the day at noon eastern on c-span2. we'll have live coverage as senators take the oath and get sworn. in they'll also set out the rules governing the chamber over the next two years. one potential rule change that may be considered are changes to filibuster rules which allow members to block legislation. on your screen, some of the newly elected and current members of congress leaving a bipartisan prayer service this mor
committee will pursue tax recovery of the tax reform in the next congress. -- will pursue tax reform in the next congress. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and get us one step closer to tax reform. i reserve my time. >> the gentleman's time is referred -- reserved. >> this is a bipartisan bill, and i will try to keep it within that spirit to the extent possible. as we are here today on january 1, hours away from people, americans returning to work, market reopening around the world, and all eyes focusing on whether this institution can govern. this legislation allows us to get done what we need to get done. this bill is vital for our nation's economic well-being. i want to emphasize for its standing as the world's most important economy. it is vital for 140 million middle class families whose tax cuts are made permanent. it is vital for 2 million unemployed american workers who need a continuation of insurance while they continue to look for work. it is vital for 30 million middle income americans who otherwise would have been hit by the alternative minimum tax. it is vital
in congress made consumers less confident. we know there is a path forward. i signed into a law a deaf reduction. this week's action further reduces the deaf -- deficit. i'm willing to do more. i believe we can find more places to cut spending without short-changing things like education, job training, research and technology all of which is critical. spending cuts must be balanced with more reforms to our tax code. the wealthiest individuals and the biggest corporations should not be able to take advantage of loopholes that are not available to most americans. as i said earlier, one thing i won't compromise over is whether or not congress should pay the tab for a bill they have already racked up. congress refused to give the united states the money to pay the bill on time the consequences could be catastrophic. our familieses and our businesses account no afford that dangerous game again. i congratulation the newly sworn members of congress and i look forward working with the new congress in a bipartisan way. if we focus on the interest of our country above the interest of our party i
congress to reduce -- and it back crunchers' for all gun sales purity is also asking americans to put heat on members of congress to get there. >> ask for a member of congress if they support universal back rent checks to keep guns out of the wrong hands. if they say no, ask them why not. >> the nra response was predictably immediate. >> are the president's kids more important than yours? why is he's skeptical about putting our security in schools? his daughter's school are armed by security guards. mr. obama demand the wealthy pay their fair of taxes but there he is just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of security. protection for their kids and gun-free zones for hours. -- for ours. >> at the white house, and jay carney said that ad was repugnant and cowardly. the nra says the ad is not in anyone's child in particular and anyone the claims otherwise is intentionally trying to change the topic were missing the point. incidentally, once the president stopped -- started to talk about curtailing gun violence, gun sales went through the roof. >> it is true public opinio
. the president has signed 23 executive orders aimed at reducing gun violence and is urging congress to reinstate a ban on so-called assault weapons, limit the size on magazines, and mandate here are some background checks for all gun sales. he is also asking the public to put heat on members of congress. >> remembers of congress if they support universal background checks to keep guns out of the wrong hands. the response from the nra was immediate. >> is the president's kids more important than yours? why is he's skeptical about putting our security in his school's, when his daughters have arm together school? mr. obama demands of will to pay their fair share of taxes but he is just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to his fair share of security. protection for his kids and gun- free zones for hours. -- for ours. >> at the white house, and jay carney called the ad cover the. the nra says that the ad is not aimed at anyone's child in particular. anyone who says otherwise is changing the topic and missing the point. sales have gone through the roof. can the president moving mountain this tim
till the very end but congress did manage to approve legislation to avert this fiscal cliff, even though for most of the night it looked like it might not happen. >> the one thing that i think hopefully in the new year we'll focus on is seeing if we can put a package like this together with a little bit less drama, a little less brinksmanship, not scare the heck out of folks quite as much. >> that was the president late last night. then he got on oo plane, headed back to hawaii where his family is on vacation. threw see air force i. it touched down just moments ago. >> the ayes have it. >> it was after 11 p.m. when the house finally voted, putting an end to 24 hours of wrangling. republicans threatened to send it back with an amendment, including spend being cuts. but in the end the politics of that didn't make sense. so the bill passed, 257 for, 85 republicans, 172 democrats. speaker john boehner was one of those yes votes and he released this statement: now the focus turns to spending. the american people reelected a republican majority in the house and we will use it in 2013 t
, a new congress, and the presidential term, but the same problems. that's it for tonight. thank you for joining is. have a great night. ♪ lou: good evening, everybody. the speaker in a matter of days has become an historic figure. moving the house of representatives to a resolution infuriating most of his majority caucus, then he chose to delay a $60 relief bill for the victims of superstorm sandy, a delay that angered the congressional dell gagzs of new jersey, and new york and one or two governors at the same time, boehner has beens target of scathing democratic and republican criticism, for what is now revealed to be a pork-laden piece of legislation that would have allowed some politicians to exploit victims of hurricane sandy for the purpose of this pork. leaving boehner deserted by two-thirds of his caucus just tuesday, as they voted against him. of the 112 congress, and today. he won a second term as speaker, and boehner, cried tears of joy. >> we're sent here not to be something, but to to something. or as i like to call it doing the right thing. it is a big job, and it co
the video and before "the new york times" ran a single story about the scandal congress moved to stop giving acorn your money. >> i have co-sponsored the bill to stop funding the reprehensible enterprise. john: the private digital currency to buy what government does not want you to. i do not suggest you buy illegal things but choice is good. it is freedom 2.0. it gives more options and makes a harder for government to control. that is a good thing. that is our show. thanks for watching. od evening,. the speaker in a matter of days has become an historic figure. moving the house of representatives to a resolution infuriating most of his majority caucus,hen he chose to delay a $60 relief bill for the victims of superstorm sandy, a delay that angered the congressional dell gagzs of new jersey, and new york and one or two governors at the same time, boehner has beens target of scathing democratic and republican c criticism, for what is now revealed to be a pork-laden piece of legislation that would have allowed some politicians to exploitictims of hurricane sandy for the purpose of this pork. l
little oversight. the executive branch has been given a broad mandate with a compliant congress. >> you worked on the inside. give us an idea of what is happening. >> to my horror, i found out 9/11 was used as an excuse to bridge the fundamental rights and liberties of americans. we would have to give up some of our liberties. i would never imagine it would swing so far over. >> give us an example of something you saw the really concerned you. >> the single biggest thing that continues to manifest itself is that congress is overreaching. it is stunning what i found out. the white house entered into a secret agreement with the national security agency to bypass the foreign intelligence surveillance act. they would use it to bypass -- to turn the united states of america into a foreign nations for the purpose of dragnet and electronic surveillance in secret. violating the constitution. i could not stand by and be an eye witness to the subversion of our own constitution when i knew it was never necessary. the best of american ingenuity and -- ingenuity could protect the fourth amendment ri
citizens in territories and the district of columbia. as this new congress begins, we have an opportunity to commit ourselves to the spirit of compromise which our constituents so desperately seek. our nation continues to face a number of challenges that can only be addressed by working together and giving every family the opportunity as leaders said when she spoke so eloquently to make it in america. let's take advantage of this session to start off on the right foot and show americans that we are ready to come together to tackle our greatest challenges. i thank the lady for the time and i yield back the balance of my time. >> gentleman from texas >> i want to address the minority leader the gentleman from maryland. he is a very dear and fine friend of mine. . i've enjoyed the opportunities to work with him and in fact what he said is true, i have offered myself to him in a way that would be fair and good not just for every member of this body but also for those that he represents. i will try and do my very best within the limits and constraints that i have and my attitude always to be s
a day that was largely ceremonial. this friday january 4th and on day two of this 113th congress, the house and senate will convene this afternoon for one of its constitutional duties. counting the electoral college vote and certifying the reelection of the president. we'll have live coverage here on c-span. [video clip] -- vice president biden will preside over it. the question we're asking this morning, will this congress be any different? you can join the conversation giving us a call at 202-737-0001 and 202-737-0002 for republicans and for independents is 202-628-0205. join the conversation social media and facebook. or send us an e-mail. we'll continue to show you the numbers. let's look at some of the headlines on this friday morning beginning with the washington times. returns as speaker by 3 votes, ten republicans support in the 113th congress. likely but not feared, boehner keeps the job. some might ask why he won. she points out mr. boehner 63 years old from ohio vote yesterday was a warning shot from conservative members of the house. sobering reminder while he may ho
. if we're going to accomplish this, we must work together. republicans and democrats, congress and the white house. the federal government and the states. the public sector and the private sector. mr. speaker, some might say that saying those things is a cliche. but as we all know, members are going to have to engage with and rigorous debate, and there it is going to be the clash of ideas, a rigorous debate, but it needs to be done with good faith and the spirit of compromise. i realize and some argue that compromise is a sign of weakness. in fact, one of the great strengths, mr. speaker, of our nation's founders, was their ability to compromise. the very structure of this institution, the united states congress, the very structure of our institution, which joined the people's house, where we are all privileged to serve, with the united states senate, was known as what? the connecticut compromise, or the great compromise. that is the very basis of our founders. too often we forget that while we should never, we should never compromise our principles, we must always, mr. speaker
has been assembled and that congress is ready to receive any communication that he may be pleased to make. the gentleman from virginia, mr. cantor, and the gentlewoman from california, ms. pelosi. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from washington rise? mrs. mcmorris rodgers: mr. speaker, by direction on the republican conference, i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 6, resolved that following named members be and are hereby elected to the following standing committees of the house of representatives. committee on agriculture, mr. lucas, chairman. committee on appropriations, mr. rogers of kentucky, chairman. committee on armed services -- mrs. mcmorris rodgers: mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that the resolution be considered as read and printed in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the reading is dispensed with. without objection, the resolution is agreed to. the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose doe
and by the charles a. frueauff foundation. >> this week on "to the contrary" first, more women in the new congress including iraq war veteran tammy duckworth, then, -- outrage over a fatal gang rape of a woman in india, and declining birth rates in the u.s. ♪ >> hello, i'm bonnie erbe. welcome to "to the contrary," a discussion of news and social trends from diverse perspectives. up first, diversity in congress. the new congress is the most diverse ever with 20 women senators and 78 women in the house of representatives. the house democratic caucus has more women and people of color than it does white men, another historic first. we will explain what this means to you. but first we introduce you to one of those freshman. illinois democrat tammy duckworth, one of two female war veterans to be sworn in this week. the illinois democrat is the first double-amputee to serve in congress. the iraq war veteran is using her story to get more support for veterans across the country. i sat down with this incredibly inspirational person to hear her story, in her own words. >> i had been in iraq at this poin
there will be 234 republicans and 200 democrats. the 84 freshmen, 35 republicans, 49 democrats. if the 113 congress will feature the most women ever to serve in the house. the incoming senate freshman class is made up of three republicans, a democrat, and one independent. 45 republican senators overall. 53 democrats, two independents. if we are coming to you live from capitol hill in the rotunda. we'll get your thoughts of the 113 congress. we will be joined later this morning by several newly elected members of congress. first, bob kusack, managing editor of the hill magazine to join us for your thoughts and comments. you can join the conversation at -- bob, let's begin with opening day at noon. guest: there was controversy couple years ago, a couple members in the house did not realize when they would do the swearing in. they were by a television screen and thought they could get sworn in that way. that will not happen again. they will get sworn in. a first vote they will have is for the house speaker. house republicans have chosen john boehner and the the democrats have chosen nancy pelosi. that
cast, is duly collected speaker of the house of representatives. >> a new congress is sworn in, the most diverse in the nation's history, but not the most aggressive. who is in and who is out, with john nichols. then a debate on fracking. >> energy self-sufficient and can ensure -- >> coming from an area that is tougher from the legacy of industrial pollution, there are all saying, dear governor cuomo, we need you to make sure this is an adequate, comprehensive, and it must be completed before any other step in the process moves forward. >> as new york weighs whether to lift a moratorium on fracking, we will host a debate. all that and more coming up. welcome to democracy now!, democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. the u.s. congress opened its 113th session thursday, swearing in a record number of women and people of color. new members include the only african-american now serving in the senate, tim scott of south carolina, the first black republican senator in more than 30 years. congress now has a record number of women in both chambers, 81 in the house
>>> a new congress is sworn in today, but the same old problems remain, including spending cuts, the debt limit, and gridlock. >>> and they'll face outrage after lawmakers failed this week to pass relief packages for victims of superstorm sandy. >> the house of representatives fail thad most basic test of public service and they did so with callus indifference with the suffering of the people of my state. >>> it's back to school for the students of sandy hook elementary. the students returned to class for the first time since last month's tragic shooting. >>> and anger in aurora. families of the colorado shooting victims lash out at what they call a disgusting offer from the theater owner. captioning funded by cbs >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, january 3rd, 2013. good morning, everybody. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. overnight president obama signed into law a just-passed bill that raises taxes on the wealthiest americans, avoiding the fiscal cliff that economists said would throw this country back into recession. the president signed the bill in hawa
elected speaker of the house of representatives for the 113th congress. >> an absolute disaster. >> and i hope and pray that's what we will have. >> this is why the republican party is so irrelevant right now. >> i think nobody in america is going to miss the previous congress. >> has he done a good job? >> absolute, absolute failure in leadership on the republican party's side. >> the direction of the republican party that is crum e crumbli crumbling. >> has he done a good job? >> the seeds are being planted right now for the destruction of the house republican majority. >> a huge office, and you get a balcony. >> fundamentally don't understand the electorate. >> you got that callender with a different word of the day for 2013. >> i did. >> this is a party without any viable leadership. >> okay. ♪ >>> it is the dawn of 2013. we have a brand new 113th congress, and thankfully the day began with a congressional prayer service at st. peter's in d.c. because, as oscar wildi once sa once said, one is not getting what one wants, the other is getting it. wise words for the newly elected hous
, the white house held a reception for newly elected members of the congress, only 27 of the new republican house members showed up. that's out of a record freshman class that totaled 87. more recently no elected republicans elected a white house screening of "lincoln" last month. had mitch mcconnell, john boehner, lamar alexander attended, they were all invited, they would have joined not only nancy pelosi, harry reid but steven spielberg, tommy lee jones. as tip o'neill famously said about his political foe, ronald reagan, love the sinner. hate the sin. when president reagan would invite the speaker, tip o'neill over to the white house for drinks and raise a glass to one another. there's no shortage of parties planned around inauguration 2013. here is hoping it spills over to the next four years and both sides of the aisle make a move to be more social and more civil. and, hence, more productive. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "the ed show" with ed schultz, starts right now. >>> good evening, americans. welcome "the ed show" from new york. republicans are raising the
herein granted shall be vested in a congress of the united states, which shall consist of a senate and house of representatives. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from michigan, mr. walberg. mr. walberg:section 2, the house of representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people of the several states, and the electors in each state shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the state legislature. mr. goodlatte: i yield to the gentleman from california, mr. lamalfa. mr. lamalfa:no person shall be a representative who shall not have attained to the age of 25 years and been seven years a citizen of the united states, and who shall not, when elected, be an inhabitant of that state in which he shall be chosen. the actual enumeration shall be made within three years after the first meeting of the congress of the united states and within every subsequent term of 10 years in each manner by law they direct. mr. goodlatte: i now yield to the gentleman from illinois, mr. lipinski. mr. lipinski: the number of rep
will not compromise over is whether or not congress should pay the bill for a tab they racked up. >> house speaker, john boehner, who won re-election for the speakership this week, told his conference that he planned to use the debt limit as leverage to cut spending. in the republican address, john boehner was echoed. >> we are crushing today's small businesses, and the next generation of americans under a mountain of debt. if the fight sounds fap, it is. during the summer of 2011, the country had its credit down graded after the president and lawmakers had a bruising fight over the debt limit. on friday, cnbc's jim cramer told andrea mitchell, there could be a big battle. >> a lot of companies will report in the next few weeks and they will say, we are more cloudy because we are not sure what cuts are coming. >> reporter: there are two other budget deadlines looming coming in the up coming months that could cloud immigration reform, pressing for stiffer gun control laws and new energy policies. >> the state of the yien will be critical here. >> joe lockhart served under bill clinton, and he said
by a congress that just isn't working. congressman rick nolan, there 30 years ago. he is back now and he can't believe the difference. he is wondering, are we getting paid for this? >>> is it really an admission of guilt if you don't show any remorse? >> it did not even feel wrong? >> no. it's scary. >> did you feel bad about it? >> no. even scarier. >> psychologist dr. jeffrey gardere on lance armstrong's bizarre performance last night. >> good to have you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. republicans surrendered today in one of his biggest fights. president obama warned republicans about taking the debt ceiling hostage. it looks like they heard the message. >> the financial well-being of the american people is not leverage to be used. the full faith and credit of the united states of america is not a bargaining chip. and they better choose quickly because time is rung short. >> republicans made their choice during a gop retreat in williamsburg, virginia. house majority leader eric cantore reportedly has plans for three months. in a statement the white house responding, saying, w
that the president could order without having to go through congress such as sharing gun databases giving the centers for disease control the authority to do national research on guns and aggressivively enforcerring existing gun laws. some house republicans don't sound thrilled of the exercise of executive power designed only to protect american lives. kansas congressman him huelskamp told msnbc -- >> it is troubling to me the president says if congress doesn't do what i want, i'm going to issue an executive order. people in kansas aren't look for new laws out of washington. >> john: that's a more moderate and sane g.o.p. response. the full crazy came from texas congressman steve stockman who said he will try to defund the white house or file articles of impeachment if that's what it takes to stop the president from passing laws designed only to save american lives. which is not to say that congressman stockman doesn't have supporters. no former reagan attorney ed meese said stockman would have a good case for impeachment of high crimes and misteds against this president. we're only telling you what
boehner, may god bless this congress. may god always bless the united states of america. my colleagues, the speaker of the house, john boehner. [ applause ] >> leader pole helosi, thank yo your kind words. members of the house, senate, my wife, debbie you who is with us today, thankfully, the girls are working. and all of you and our fellow countrymen. you know, we met mete again at democracy's great port of call. every two years, at this hour, the constitution brings a new order to this house. and it's an interlude for reflection, a glimpse of old truths. and to our new members and our families, let me just say welcome. [ applause ] i know you're feeling a bit awe-struck at this moment. history runs through this building. and now you're among a select few to share in this privilege. and for those of you who are returning, who avenue walked the -- who have walk walked these aisles before, maybe it's time we get a little awe-struck again. [ applause ] the way our founders envisioned it the republic will be led by citizens who recognize that the blessings that we receive by governing our
a majority of the votes cast is duly elected speaker of the house of representatives for the 113th congress. the clerk appoints the following committee to escort the speaker-elect to the chair. the gentleman, mr. cantor, the gentlewoman from california, ms. pelosi, the gentleman mr. mccarthy, the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer, the gentlewoman mrs. mcmorris rodgers. the gentleman from oregon, mr. walden, the gentleman from california, mr. becerra, the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. lankford, the gentleman from new york, mr. crowley, the gentlewoman from kansas, ms. jenkins, the gentleman from new york, mr. israel, the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, the gentlewoman from connecticut, ms. the lauro. the gentlewoman from missouri, ms. wagner. the gentleman from new jersey, mr. andrews. the gentleman from texas, mr. sessions. the gentleman from maryland, mr. van hollen. the gentleman from illinois, mr. roskam. the gentlewoman from new mexico, ms. lujan gri h is am. and ms. kaptur, mr. tiberi, mr. latta, mr. jordan, ms. fudge, mr. chabot, mr. gibbs, mr. johnson, mr. renarci, ms. bea
. >>> a smash-and-grab caught on tape. it is all "happening now." jenna: new year, new congress. wish we could say we have some new headlines for you but apparently the same old trouble is brewing in the same old town down in washington. jon: deja vu all over again. jenna: apparently. hi, everybody, i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. the 113th congress convenes today on capitol hill amid issues brst few weeks and months. take a look. we have at footage of the 112th congress, which is in its last hours right now. the new congress to be sworn in just a couple of hours. speaker john boehner, seen there, may be in for a fight as the house votes for its next leader today. frustration among the gop is fueling concerns that the republican speaker could actually lose his post. meanwhile outrage is growing over superstorm sandy funding. the house pledging to vote on the aid bill as leaders on both sides of the aisle expressed concerns over the delay. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel live on capitol hill for us now. so, mike, give us the assessment. is speaker boehner in trouble? >> report
aimed at reducing gun violence and has urged congress to reinstate a ban on so-called assault weapons, limit the size of the magazines, and mandate criminal background checks for all and sales. he is also o asking americans to put heat on members of congress to get there. >> ask for a member of congress if they support universal background checks to keep guns out of the wrong hands, and if they say no, ask them why not. >> and our response predictably was immediate. >> are the president's kids more foreign than yours? and why is he's skeptical about putting armed security in our schools when his schools are protected by armed guards at their schools? mr. obama demands the wealthy pay theheir faishare of taxes but he is just another elitist hypocrite when it comes to a fair share of secucurity. protection for their kids and gun-free zones for hours. ours. >> jay carney said that the nra ad was r repugnant and cowardly. the nra says that the ad was not in anyone's children in particular. anyone the claims otherwise they say is intention to try to kid ththe topic and is missing the int.
delegation to congress. we're a diverse country with diverse ideas. but the greatness of america comes when we're able to find common ground. the failure of the last congress was that the tea party extremists refused to work together. for them, compromise is a bad word. we're counting on all of the members of the new congre congress-democrats and republicans. to reach across partisan lines and work for the good of all americans. as we welcome this new congress, folks, i hope that one idea that we can call on can be agreed on by all. >>> you know, being proud of what you are only grows when you learn to deal with others and appreciate them. only insecure people are afraid of things that are not identical to them. if you're really proud of what you are, embrace people on the other side and learn how to make the country stronger. it will strengthen you. thanks for watching. i'm al sharpton. "hardball" starts right now. >> deficit masquerade. let's play "hardball." >>> if you watch the follies of the fiscal cliff negotiation, you surely heard one thing, republicans want to cut the de
presh from taking their oath of ffice, members of the 113th congress are scheduled to weigh in and smooth out some uffled feathers tooayyby pcsting a vooe for billioos of dollars in aid to supersttrm & sandy victiis. as martha shade reports some in his oon party felt ignooed by house speakkr john boehner when congress did & not take up the meaauue during this week's focus on the ffscal cliff. 3 p3 that you will well and paithfully discharge the you are about to enter so help you god? "i do. with that 113th congress are expected to immediately get down to business.. one f the first dollars in immediate help for - ffood insurance tt victims of superrsorm sandy lawmakers representtng storm raaaged areas were enraged this week when a vote on aid was scrapped. the danner was his pwas not just a delay of one &pday what i was concerned at by being put push over o the new congrrss, this could delay it for mooths house sseaker john & boehner and otter leaders also -3 from the likes of new jersey gooernor chris christie . american deeerves better, b
of bookkeeping mechanisms to deal with it. fiscal cliff showed on. he says congress has an obligation to pay all the bills it's already racked up, period. we'll be covering the president's news conference from both ends of pennsylvania avenue. i want to go to our chif business correspondent ali velshi. why this is so critical important? >> it's important and it's misrepresented so a lot of people all the way from politicians to people's financial advisors will tell you that it's a lot like your credit him or your line of credit. it's not like either of those things, it is a uniquely american phenomenon. most government in the world understand that once you decide to pay for something, once you decide to pass a bill that requires money, you're required to pay for it. in the united states what used to happen is that if there's a deficit, the treasury would have to issue a bond to pay for every sepgal piece of law. pay for things congress has already committed to. they wouldn't have to go back every time. it was meant to make it easier for treasury. it was never meant to be a debt control or spendi
. >> i will not have another debate with this congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they have already racked up through the laws they passed. we can't not pay bills we have already incurred. if congress refuses to give the united states government the ability to pay these bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy would be cat stenographic, far worse than the impact of a fiscal cliff. >>> let's bring in brianna keilar. a lot of people are talking about winners and losers, but c'mon, i feel like we're all losers in this, considering we didn't get a deal, we just got a patch. >> reporter: that is true. i don't think it's ever really healthy for americans when you're kind of going through this process every year, whether it's the a.m.t. fix or tax cuts, so i think the fact that those tax cuts were permanently extended actually is a good thing, because it is difficult when they aren't, but yeah, i think that you look at especially now the environment of things as this is a congress that the president wants to undertake other issues like immigratio
of using the nation's credit rating as a, quote, bargaining chip. >> the republicans in congress had two choices here. they can act responsibly and pay america's bills or they can act irresponsibly and put america through another economic crisis. but they will not collect our ransom in exchange for not crashing the american economy. the issue here is whether or not america pays its bills. we are not a deadbeat nation. >> and the debate over guns, one month after 26 children and adults were killed in newtown, and with the nra saying assault weapon ban would not pass congress, the president urged house members to, quote, examine their own conscience. >> the belief that we have to have stronger background checks, that we can do a much better job in terms of keeping these magazine clips with high capacity out of the hands of folks who shouldn't have them, an assault weapons ban that's meaningful, that those are things i continue to believe make sense. will all of them get through this congress? i don't know. >> and joining me live now, democratic congresswoman jackie spear of california, vic
-choice democratic women in congress. it is the first openly gay senator the first asian american woman senator. the first congress women who served in combat. we have three new women under the age of 40. it is a congress with no alan west, no joe walsh, and in no todd akno todd akin. we have fought so hard. we have one so much. we have come so far i am so proud as a woman and as an american. make no mistake. we are not done. we are still going to have to protect our middle-class from devastating cuts to programs that families rely on. we're still going to face threats to workers and voters rights. we're still going to hear phrases like legitimate rape and trans vaginal probe. it does not listen to reason. they sure do not learn from experience. if they remain as dangerous as ever. i have had enough playing defense. enough. we have earned this at the table many times over. now it is our time to take our place at the head of the table. this was a mandate for women's leadership. our lives were under attack. our candidates ran and won across the country. our vote proved decisive in electing the pr
difference also requires congress to act and act soon. first, it is time for congress to require a universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun. as many as 40% of all gun purchases are conducted without one. it is not safe, not smart, and not read -- not fair to responsible gun buyers or sellers. the majority of americans believe anyone buying a gun should have to prove they are not a felon or prohibited. that is just common sense. second, congress should restore a ban on military-style assault weapons. any assault rifles, when combined with high capacity magazines, have one purpose and one purpose only, to as many bullets as possible as quickly as possible. they have no place in our community, and the majority of the american people agree with me. finally, congress needs to make it easier rather than harder for law enforcement to do their job. we should make it difficult for people to sell guns to criminal's, and we should put more cops back on the job and back on the streets. i believe the second amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. we have a strong tradition
but also negotiating a series of agreements with congress that strengthened the middle class been aided economic growth and help job creation and certainly as you know because the president spoke about it all the time, economic growth and job creation continued to be the president's top domestic priorities. all the members of his economic team will be focused on those priorities. >> a group of house democrats [inaudible] this came up last year and you said the president had the power to ignore the debt ceiling. i'm wondering given the president's insistence he would not negotiate over the debt ceiling this time around, is the white house considering revising that issue [inaudible] >> our position on the 14th amendment has not changed. let's be clear. congress has the responsibility and the authority to raise the debt ceiling. congress must do its job. it is important as we approach the deadline that people understand we're talking about. sometimes the language of the use in the phrases we use make this a lot more mysterious for average folks out there that needs to be. raising the debt
, we cannot take a vacation. i would like to know why congress cannot do that? . >> that is one of those big, recurring institutional questions. this deal really does not address the spending side. that is largely what caused the problem with republicans when they learned of the details of the measure. many did not learn about it until this morning exactly how it would be pieced together. that is the next debate. what democrats are saying as well as republicans who are on board with the plan, is that there is another debate to be had another day on long-term spending priority and that might be the date that happens. when you make a budget, there is a revenue side, inflows and outflows. they are dealing with a piece of it now and claiming they will deal with the rest of it another day. it is fair to say the track record is not too great. i wrote a story in september for roll call basically predicting this kicking the can around maneuver. >> are those the house bells going off that we heard? >> you are hearing the house bell's in the background. that probably means something is ab
measures to get through about late february or early march. if congress doesn't act by then, the government risks not being able to pay some of its bills. republicans seem to think the debt ceiling is a useful tool to limit how much the government spends, but that is not what the debt ceiling law is supposed to do. it gives the u.s. treasury the flexibility to borrow money to pay the government's bills without going to congress to get approval every single time. it has nothing to do with spe spending or debt control. you might want it to be about spending control like i'd like to be in "people's" list of 50 most beautiful people. wishful thinking doesn't make it happen. they can use the debt ceiling as a hostage like they attempted to use the fiscal cliff as a hostage, to get something else done, something they haven't been able to use do using the normal democratic process because that process is broken. the fiscal cliff deal puts off dealing with mandatory spending cuts until march 1st. republicans fully spend to use the debt creeling to extract concessions from democrats on spending. the
in congress where they have duly re-elected him as speaker for another term. which just goes to show, there really is one rule for ordinary american workers and another for that special class of political waste and mediocrity. thanks so much for watching. "hardball" is next. >>> deficit masquerade. let's play "hardball." ♪ >>> good evening. i'm michael smerconish in new york for chris matthews. leading off tonight, bait and switch. if you watch the follies of the fiscal cliff negotiation, you surely heard one thing, republicans want to cut the deficit. well, here is a headline for you. no, they don't. according to our first two guests tonight, republicans are hiding behind deficit cutting to mask their true goals, protecting the rich from tacks and shrinking the size of government. keep that in mind when the next self-imposed crisis comes calling in a couple months. also, the best news of the day, the 112th congress is history, and it made history in many ways. the least productive, most unpopular congress since people have been tracking this sort of thing. the 113th can't be worse
with the old, it's in with the new. the 113th congress. will it prove to be the same old matchup between the white house and capitol hill? the new members of the senate will be sworn in just about an hour or so from now on capitol hill. a bit later on this afternoon. house speaker john boehner could face an historical vote to keep his seat today, just a day after the all-out mutiny on the s.s. boehner. >> there's only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims, the house majority and their speaker, john boehner. i called the speaker four times last night after 11:20 and he did not take my calls. >> the dismissive attitude that was shown last night toward new york, new jersey and connecticut typifies, i believe, a strain in the republican party. this should not be the republican party, this should not be the republican leadership. >> under pressure the speaker issued a joint statement with eric cantor, saying getting critical aid to victims of hurricane sandy should be the first priority in the enough congress. and he scheduled two votes on sandy relief bills
.vitac.com >>> tonight, congress told america it saved america from the fiscal cliff. but that doesn't add up. why the usa is at the bottom of the canyon tonight. >>> plus chris christie goes ballistic on the hated congress and john boehner. we'll show the outburst to you. >>> and two new yorkers have been arrested with the means and the no how for a terrorist attack. let's go "outfront." good evening, everyone. "outfront" tonight, america, or homer simpson. like homer, we blythely skated to the precipice of the fiscal cliff with a deal that made almost everyone happy. low tax rate, extended benefits. sure sounds heavenly. but look what happens next. >> i'm going to make it. this is the greatest thrill of my life. i'm king of the world! woo-hoo! doh! >> yeah, that's how it ends. that feeling of weightless euphoria the thrill of our lives believing there was no way he would ever crash there would be a last minute save. that was america today. the dow surged 308 points on news of the fiscal cliff deal. congress patted itself on the back. why wouldn't they? that was a big reward. the problem is, the
. the real stability that people expect is how this congress treats them and treat their needs and never is that tested more clearly than in a time of a natural disaster. that is when people feel the most helpless . by and large, it is a long road back but those first few steps like emergency relief that was provided by law -- by the localities must be compensated for. the next stage of recovery is so essential to the character of a community. after the storms last year, it affected the characters of the communities and his district and that was 2011 and here we are at the end of 2012 having some of the same hits by nature with the severity, the power of water and in some places fire earth, wind, fire and how it affects people. nature pulled the rug out from people, literally and figuratively, in their communities and homes, in their schools, and in their workplaces. are we to say to them now congress is going to pull the rug out from under you in terms of your hopes and expectations? tell me that. we cannot tell our constituents that would not rise to the level of civility. for us to tu
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